24 (season 8)

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24 (season 8)
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Promotional poster
Starring
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Release
Original network Fox
Original release January 17 (2010-01-17) – May 24, 2010 (2010-05-24)
Season chronology
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Season 7
List of 24 episodes

The eighth season of the American drama television series 24, also known as Day 8, premiered in the United States on Fox on January 17, 2010.[1] The eighth season was announced as the final season of 24 and its series finale aired on May 24, 2010.[2][3] However, the series returned in a limited series format as 24: Live Another Day, which aired in 2014. The season's storyline begins and ends at 4:00 p.m.

Season overview[edit]

Set 18 months after season 7, the story arc involves Jack Bauer contending with assassination threats made during a peace conference between President of the United States Allison Taylor and President Omar Hassan of the fictional Islamic Republic of Kamistan (IRK).[4] The season is set in New York City, with CTU's New York City Office having been re-activated,[5] but while there were originally no plans for filming in New York due to budget constraints,[6] some scenes were shot on-location.[7]

The three main acts of season eight are:

  1. CTU pursues Hassan's brother who is working with the Russian mafia to have nuclear rods transported to his home country.
  2. Multiple government agencies pursue Kamistani terrorists who kill Farhad Hassan and attempt to strike at America directly.
  3. Jack wages a one-man war against the members of the Russian government who are responsible for the conspiracy after Allison Taylor refuses to do anything that could jeopardize the treaty.

Major subplots[edit]

  • Jack worries that Renee Walker has become a danger to herself and others.
  • A relatively inexperienced CTU team is limited in its ability to help Jack.
  • Dana Walsh fears that she will lose her job when a stalker threatens to reveal that she has a criminal record.
  • A mole at CTU helps the terrorists evade authorities.
  • Extremists in the Taylor administration believe that the safest option is to give in to the terrorist demands.
  • Charles Logan makes a return and wishes to exact revenge on Jack Bauer.
  • Chloe O'Brian attempts to rein Jack in before his actions either get him killed or cause an international crisis.

Summary[edit]

The signing of an important treaty between the US and the IRK (Islamic Republic of Kamistan) is about to take place at the UN.[8] Kamistani terrorists, resentful of America and disappointed at Hassan's willingness to concede their attempts at developing nuclear weapons, choose this day to attempt to assassinate the Kamistani president, Omar Hassan. The assassination attempt is initially led by Hassan's brother Farhad.

CTU learns from the rescue of Hassan that terrorists have a plan to acquire nuclear rods from the Russian mob. With the help of Renee Walker, Jack forces the cooperation of Sergei Bazhaev's mob family. The nuclear rods are given to Samir Mehran, who plans to make a dirty bomb on American soil. Hassan's head of security, Tarin Faroush is revealed to be a part of Mehran's group and they present an ultimatum to Taylor's government - she must hand over Hassan for execution or the bomb will be detonated.

When Taylor orders that Hassan still be protected at all costs, a US black-ops team attempts to kidnap him. Jack Bauer and the rest of Hassan's protective detail kill all but one member of the team but upon learning of the ultimatum, Hassan turns himself into Mehran. With the nuclear crisis averted, CTU agents attempt to save Hassan and close in on Mehran. However, they arrive to see that Hassan has already been killed. Taylor is able to resurrect the treaty by convincing Hassan's wife Dalia to assume her husband's position as interim President and to sign the treaty on her country's behalf.

Considering their duties to be over, Jack and Renee return to his apartment where they have a romantic encounter. However, a Russian assassin follows them there and fires through the windows to tie up loose ends. Renee is hit and a frantic race ensues as Jack rushes her to the hospital. Tragically she dies on arrival whereupon Jack vows to avenge her death and bring everyone involved in the conspiracy and cover-up to justice. Allison Taylor fears that Jack's actions will be enough to have the treaty called off and orders his lockdown. Jack frees himself and at the cost of a third world war, begins to hunt down and kill every member of the conspiracy that killed Walker and Hassan. This leads to a cat and mouse game when Charles Logan approaches Allison Taylor and offers to use the unique resources at his disposal to capture Bauer.

Jack kills Dana Walsh (the mole at CTU), Mikhail Novakovich (the Russian Foreign Minister) and Pavel Tokarev (the assassin who killed Renee). He also aims a sniper rifle at Charles Logan's window and demands that Logan invite Russian President Yuri Suvarov to the hotel room. Logan agrees and Jack prepares to pull the trigger, but Chloe talks him out of it at the last second. When President Taylor has free rein to sign the treaty and have Jack permanently silenced she has a change of heart and turns herself into the Attorney General. Wanted by Russian and American forces Jack says goodbye to Chloe who is watching him through the camera feed of a predator drone. She orders that the feed be turned off and sees Jack disappear from the screen as he disappears from her life.

Plot twists affecting future seasons[edit]

  • The death of Renee Walker.
  • The resignation of President Allison Taylor.
  • The failed suicide attempt of Charles Logan.
  • The damaged friendship between Ethan Kanin and Allison Taylor.
  • Jack Bauer becoming a fugitive for his crimes against the state.
  • Political corruption and crimes carried out by Russian President Yuri Suvarov.

Characters[edit]

For a more thorough list, see List of 24 characters § 24: Season 8.

Starring[edit]

Special guest stars[edit]

Guest starring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

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169 1 "Day 8: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m." Brad Turner Howard Gordon & Evan Katz January 17, 2010 (2010-01-17) 8AFF01 11.50[9]
18 months after the events of Day 7, President Taylor, revealed to have divorced her husband, is preparing to sign a nuclear treaty with Omar Hassan, the President of the Islamic Republic of Kamistan, in New York City, where Jack has finished his therapy and is preparing to return to Los Angeles with Kim and her family. A friend of Jack's named Victor Aruz survives an attempt made by Russian thugs led by Davros. Aruz visits Jack and informs him that there will be an assassination attempt on Omar, agreeing to cooperate in exchange for immunity. Jack calls O'Brian, who is working at the reestablished CTU, and informs her. Director Hastings sends a team led by agent Ortiz to bring Jack and Aruz in. The duo evades Davros's men until Jack entrusts Aruz to Ortiz and decides to return; but Davros destroys the helicopter Aruz is trying to board. Before dying, Aruz reveals that the assassin has an inside associate close to Omar. Meanwhile, Omar's wife Dalia is revealed to have a personal problem with him while he has a secret affair with journalist Meredith Reed, which is discouraged by his brother Farhad.
170 2 "Day 8: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m." Brad Turner Teleplay by: Manny Coto & Brannon Braga
Story by: Howard Gordon
January 17, 2010 (2010-01-17) 8AFF02 11.32[9]
Jack is brought to CTU, where he is debriefed and released. CTU finds evidence that apparently proves Reed to be the inside person. As a result, she is arrested and brought to CTU. O'Brian suspects the easy way of finding her and asks Jack for help, which he denies and decides to return with his family. Kim convinces him to help O'Brian. Jack enters the armory to take guns before he is detained by agents. He threatens Hastings to reveal the latter's mistake that caused Aruz's death, forcing Hastings to let him do his investigation and use O'Brian's backup. The pair detects Davros on the cameras and Jack heads to the location. Meanwhile, Reed denies the accusation while Farhad is revealed to be the inside person. Davros is revealed to be a police officer. He pays a visit to his fellow officer, who is preparing to join the security detail of Omar, holds him and his wife at gunpoint and threatens to kill her, forcing him to let Davros replace him. Agent Walsh gets a call from a man named Kevin Wade, who knows her true identity.
171 3 "Day 8: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m." Milan Cheylov David Fury & Alex Gansa January 18, 2010 (2010-01-18) 8AFF03 10.56[10]
As Ortiz arrives at the United Nations to lead Omar's security detail, including Davros, Bauer arrives at the alley and finds the house by the help of a local. He finds Davros's partner and his wife killed. As Bauer exits the house, he is knocked unconscious by two police officers, one of whom starts torturing him as revenge of the deaths of his partner and his wife. Bauer manages to free himself and convinces the other officer to take him to the UN. CTU gains intel suggesting an attack on the UN; and Hastings orders the evacuation of political figures, including Omar. Bauer calls Ortiz and tells him about Davros and that the intel is a ruse. Ortiz pushes Omar's car out of the route as Davros detonates a bomb in the street. Meanwhile, Hastings continues interrogating Reed; and Omar reveals the affair to him hoping to prove her innocence. Wade arrives outside CTU and demands sex from Walsh, threatening to reveal her true identity. She agrees for one night and gives her apartment key to him.
172 4 "Day 8: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m." Milan Cheylov Chip Johannessen & Patrick Harbinson January 18, 2010 (2010-01-18) 8AFF04 11.45[10]
Ortiz and Omar both survive the attack. Farhad escapes, revealing his involvement. Ortiz starts chasing Davros, who is killed by Bauer, who detects specific tattoos on his body and takes pictures of them and sends them to CTU Reed is freed and Omar decides to end the affair. Technicians find radioactive material in Davros's body; and Omar reveals that people in his government once intended to buy weapons-grade uranium from Russian associates, meaning that the threat is not over. Pictures Bauer sent reveal the involvement of a Russian mafia group led by Vladimir Laitanan. Walker is revealed to had been an undercover agent in Laitanan's group once. Hastings brings her, who was fired after torturing Wilson at the end of Day 7, to CTU and asks her to infiltrate the group again. Bauer convinces Hastings to let him be her partner. She finds an associate and amputates his fingers to remove his GPS device. Meanwhile, Farhad visits Sergei Bazhaev, the seller, and demands proof of the existence of the uranium rods. Sergei reveals his younger son Oleg, who was exposed to radiation. Wade demands Walsh to come home.
173 5 "Day 8: 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m." Brad Turner Teleplay by: Evan Katz & Alex Gansa
Story by: Howard Gordon
January 25, 2010 (2010-01-25) 8AFF05 10.69[11]
Walker convinces the associate to take her to Laitanan. Bauer tasks O'Brian to investigate the history between Walker and Laitanan, who is revealed to have attempted to rape her a few times. Laitanan does not trust Walker and abducts her and the associate to a secluded place, where he kills the associate and holds her at gunpoint. CTU manages to find their location and awaits Bauer's order to attack and rescue her. She manages to make Laitanan trust her; and Bauer orders CTU to stand down. Meanwhile, Josef, Oleg's older brother takes him to a physician against Sergei's orders for treatment by holding the physician at gunpoint. Omar orders making arrests of the opposition members in Kamistan as a result of the attempt on his life. Taylor tries to dissuade her, but to no avail. Dalia finally decides to leave him. Walsh visits Wade and tries to pay him so that he leaves her; but he demands her to help him and his friend steal a great amount of money instead.
174 6 "Day 8: 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m." Brad Turner Manny Coto & Brannon Braga February 1, 2010 (2010-02-01) 8AFF06 9.76[12]
Laitanan sends his men to meet Bauer, who introduces himself as a German dealer willing to buy the rods, which Laitanan has no current knowledge about. After Bauer transfers the first part of the money, Laitanan orders his men to kill the former; but Ortiz kills all but one of the operatives with his sniper rifle; and Bauer threatens to come after Laitanan if he does not honor the deal. Laitanan orders his operative to bring Bauer to the hideout. Meanwhile, Sergei's operatives find Josef and Oleg and return them to the former after killing the physician. Sergei kills Oleg. Omar orders the arrests to continue, one being on Jamot, one of his closest cabinet members. The arrests make some of the delegate countries consider withdrawing from the treaty. Walsh calls Wade and informs him of a police warehouse that contains a lot of blocked money, meeting him and his friend outside CTU and arranging the plan; and Wade gets intimate with her, which is seen on the camera by agent Glass.
175 7 "Day 8: 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m." Milan Cheylov Chip Johannessen & Patrick Harbinson February 8, 2010 (2010-02-08) 8AFF07 10.18[13]
Laitanan starts making calls to find out about the rods. When Sergei gets the call, he discourages Laitanan from searching, saying that no one deals such material. Sergei sends his men to find out the source of Laitanan, who finishes calling every associate without finding anything. Walker demands him to continue searching; and he gets abusive towards her, who stabs him several times, killing him, and angrily stabs Bauer, who kills Laitanan's remaining operative and tells her to hide as Sergei's operatives enter and abduct him. Ortiz and other agents arrive; and she tells them about Bauer. Meanwhile, Walsh helps Wade and his friend infiltrate the warehouse and find the money; but Wade's friend decides to continue searching for other materials. When they try to leave, an officer enters; and they kill him and escape. In the meantime, After security agent Tarin Faroush challenges Omar's decisions, the latter has him arrested. Kayla, Omar's daughter is revealed to have a secret relationship with Faroush.
176 8 "Day 8: 11:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m." Milan Cheylov David Fury February 15, 2010 (2010-02-15) 8AFF08 8.49[14]
Bauer is brought to Sergei and offers more money than Farhad for the rods. However, Sergei orders his operative to torture Bauer for his source, believing him to be a law enforcement operative. Bauer manages to free himself and alert CTU, which rescues him in time; and Sergei is arrested. Bauer offers Sergei immunity for him and Josef in exchange for delivering the rods, which Sergei accepts and calls his men; but it is revealed that Josef has betrayed him and stolen the rods. He calls Farhad and arranges a deal for himself. Meanwhile, Kayla reveals her relationship with Faroush to Omar, hoping to have Faroush released, but to no avail. Wade dishonor his deal with Walsh that he will leave her alone after taking the money. She decides to kill him and his friend. Glass shows the picture of the intimacy between Wade and Walsh to Ortiz, who is her fiance.
177 9 "Day 8: 12:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m." Brad Turner Teleplay by: Chip Johannessen & Patrick Harbinson
Story by: Alex Gansa
February 22, 2010 (2010-02-22) 8AFF09 8.73[15]
Josef gets a call from Sergei about the deal with the government, but is killed by Farhad's associates, who take the rods. Chief of Staff Weiss advises Hastings to put the blame on Walker to avoid his own prosecution. The former sends a DOJ agent to interrogate Walker. Samir Mehran, Farhad's associate, reveals to him his plan of attacking the U.S. instead of Kamistan with the rods. Farhad escapes the compound and calls CTU for cooperation, being shot by Mehran's operatives. The DOJ agent accuses Walker of killing Laitanan in cold blood instead of self-defense. Bauer reminds Hastings of his team's low skill status and offers full cooperation if Hastings stops Walker's investigation, which he accepts. Meanwhile, Walsh prepares to attack Wade and his friend in a secluded place; but Ortiz arrives and confronts her, who explains part of her past to him. He holds Wade and his friend at gunpoint and threatens to kill them if they do not leave her. Wade's friend kills Wade and attacks the pair before being killed.
178 10 "Day 8: 1:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m." Brad Turner Manny Coto & Brannon Braga March 1, 2010 (2010-03-01) 8AFF10 8.56[16]
Ortiz and Walsh bury the bodies and return to CTU. Bauer and his team arrive to find Farhad killed by Mehran's operatives. Bauer devises a plan to announce Farhad's survival in order to lure an operative to the hospital. Mehran sends Marcos Al-Zacar to finish Farhad. Marcos calls his mother, Elaine, and advises her to leave the city. He arrives at the hospital and is spotted by O'Brian, who manages to recognize the type of the bomb he is wearing by the help of an agent and defuses it remotely. Marcos enters Farhad's room and shoots the body several times before finding it already dead. He tries to detonate his bomb which is defused. Bauer and other agents chase him to a containment chamber, inside which he locks himself and calls Mehran, who starts instructing him to manually activate the bomb. Meanwhile, Faroush escapes during transfer and goes to a hotel, where Kayla joins him and they start having sex. Omar tries to call and inform her about the bomb by telling Dalia, who is about to leave for Kamistan.
179 11 "Day 8: 2:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m." Nelson McCormick Evan Katz & David Fury March 8, 2010 (2010-03-08) 8AFF11 8.91[17]
As Marcos continues working on the bomb, CTU identifies him and brings Elaine to the hospital, where Bauer informs her about Marcos's actions and affiliations and instructs her to convince Marcos to surrender and cooperate, which she tries, but to no avail. Bauer threatens Marcos with keeping Elaine at the city to die in the upcoming attack, forcing him to open the door. Having already activated the bomb, Mehran triggers the detonation. Before his death, Marcos reveals that Faroush is actually an associate of Mehran's. Dalia, who has returned to Omar's residence only because of Kayla, manages to call and inform her, who reveals their location and is instructed to act normally until CTU's arrival. Meanwhile, Bill Prady, Wade's probation officer calls Walsh and asks about him. She initially refuses to know Wade; but Prady reveals the phone logs and insists to meet her soon. They arrange a meeting at CTU.
180 12 "Day 8: 3:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m." Nelson McCormick Chip Johannessen & Patrick Harbinson March 15, 2010 (2010-03-15) 8AFF12 9.03[18]
Despite (or perhaps due to) the presence of headstrong NYPD SWAT, Tarin escapes with Kayla and brings her to Samir's hideout, an abandoned bank vault. Samir contacts President Hassan and offers to trade her life for "File 33," which turns out to be a detailed how-to document on circumventing America's radiological defenses. Jack urges Hassan to stall while CTU track down the terrorists. Dana meets with Officer Prady, who has clearance to obtain CTU's records of the security-camera footage of Nick and Kevin's robbery; deciding to come clean, she calls Cole to wish him a teary good-bye. Kayla convinces Tarin to help her escape, but Tarin is shot as they flee; Kayla takes his car and calls CTU on Tarin's cell phone. Jack and Cole arrive at the bank vault to find Samir and his confederates gone; Arlo's drones monitor them on the street, and facial recognition identifies one of them as Tarin, very much alive, the entire "escape" having been faked. Jack realizes that Kayla's car, currently arriving at CTU, must be armed with a weapon that can take out the entire office. This weapon is revealed to be an EMP bomb. Kayla is evacuated from the car before the bomb detonates, but CTU, the linchpin of NYC's radiological detection grid, has been incapacitated, giving Samir freedom to launch his attack.
181 13 "Day 8: 4:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m." Milan Cheylov Teleplay by: Manny Coto & Brannon Braga
Story by: Howard Gordon
March 22, 2010 (2010-03-22) 8AFF13 8.54[19]
While Bauer, Ortiz and two more agents chase Mehran and his men, the former calls his friend at NSA and tasks him to send a team to assist CTU to become functional again. O'Brian calls Walker, who has returned home, and informs her about Bauer. Mehran orders his men to hold Bauer's team until the former and Faroush leave with the rods on a boat. Bauer and Ortiz survive the shootout until Walker arrives and saves them. Meanwhile, the NSA agents ignore O'Brian's recovery method; and she enforces her opinion by using a gun. When her method proves efficient, Hastings demands the NSA to leave. O'Brian manages to return CTU to functionality. In the meantime, Prady decides to talk to Hastings about Walsh, who kills Prady and hides his body. She calls and reports to Mehran, revealed to be a mole.
182 14 "Day 8: 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m." Milan Cheylov Teleplay by: Alex Gansa
Story by: Evan Katz
March 29, 2010 (2010-03-29) 8AFF14 8.31[20]
Taylor tasks Bauer to lead Omar's security detail; and Bauer includes Walker in his mission. Taylor gets a call from Mehran, who reveals that the rods have successfully been transformed into a bomb capable of mass murder; and it will be used in New York City unless she surrenders Omar in less than an hour. Faroush is tasked to watch the bomb and detonate it when Mehran gives the order. A debate starts at the Cabinet on whether to surrender Omar, which Weiss and General Brucker support, but Secretary of State Kanin opposes. Taylor decides not to surrender to the demand and tasks CTU to find the bomb. Brucker and Weiss team up secretly to execute a clandestine operation to capture and deliver Omar in order to leave the government uninvolved. Weiss recovers Omar's route from Kanin's computer before he finds out and is locked in his office. Brucker's team attacks Omar and his detail and is defeated; and Bauer captures their chief, Adrion Bishop, who reveals Mehran's demand and the purpose of the operation. Mehran instructs Faroush to be ready.
183 15 "Day 8: 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m." Brad Turner Chip Johannessen & Patrick Harbinson April 5, 2010 (2010-04-05) 8AFF15 6.62[21]
Omar attacks Bauer and tells Bishop his desire to surrender. Omar and Bishop lock the former's family, Bauer and Walker and leave. Bishop calls Mehran, who tells Faroush to stop the detonation. Bauer frees himself and informs Taylor, who has Brucker and Weiss arrested and sends Kanin into medical care for his heart attack during his lockdown. Bishop and Faroush swap Omar and the bomb. Biahop is arrested thought the bomb is secured. CTU starts chasing Omar and Faroush on satellite. Omar tries to dissuade Faroush, who remarks the former's betrayals in his point of view. Walsh alerts Faroush, who drives inside a parking lot, where he secretly delivers Omar to a woman before luring the agents away and committing suicide. The woman takes Omar on her car and leaves the lot; and Bauer deduces the presence of a mole.
184 16 "Day 8: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m." Brad Turner Manny Coto & Brannon Braga April 5, 2010 (2010-04-05) 8AFF16 7.90[21]
CTU finds out about Walsh, who tries to escape, but is stopped by an angry Ortiz. She states that she will talk only to Bauer, demanding immunity in exchange for cooperation. Taylor signs it and Walsh gives Mehran's location. Russian Foreign Minister Mikhail Novakovich tells Taylor that Omar's death will be an end to the upcoming treaty, which makes her believe that Russia does not want to sign it. Bauer, Walker and other agents arrive at Mehran's location, where the latter starts torturing Omar to force him to confess for a series of crimes in a live broadcast, which he denies. Mehran decides to announce the crimes himself. Bauer's team starts a shootout and Mehran is critically shot before Omar is found already dead while the broadcast shows his execution. Taylor informs Dalia and Kayla.
185 17 "Day 8: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m." Milan Cheylov David Fury April 12, 2010 (2010-04-12) 8AFF17 8.33[22]
Pavel Tokarev, a Russian operative, poses as an FBI agent and lethally injects Mehran. He is recognized by Walker while leaving. She tasks O'Brian to investigate him. Bauer and Walker head to her apartment, where they start having sex. Tokarev calls Novakovich, who is revealed to be involved in the day's events, and reports to him his intention to kill Walker and Bauer. Using a sniper rifle, Tokarev critically shoots Walker, but fails to hit Bauer, who takes her to a hospital, where she succumbs to her wound. Meanwhile, Hastings is fired for his incapabilities during the day; and O'Brian is appointed as the Director. Jamot and Taylor convince Dalia to take over for Omar and sign the treaty, which is not accepted by Nivakovich. Kanin convinces Taylor to let Charles Logan, who has a long history with the Russians, persuade them to return.
186 18 "Day 8: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m." Milan Cheylov Chip Johannessen & Patrick Harbinson April 19, 2010 (2010-04-19) 8AFF18 8.94[23]
O'Brian tells Bauer about the man Walker recognized. Bauer heads to Bazhaev's bail court, where the former threatens the reat of the latter's family if he does not talk. Bazhaev reveals that the Russian government is involved in the day's events and Walsh was their operative. Logan pays a visit to Novakovich and forces him to sign the upcoming treaty by threatening to disclose the Russians' involvement. However, Logan initially does not tell Taylor how he forced the Russians. Bauer offers Walsh another immunity in exchange for her evidence incriminating the Russian government. Logan reveals the truth to Taylor and Kanin, convincing her to cover up the story in order to reach the treaty. Kanin disagrees, but to no avail. She visits Bauer and tries to persuade him to let go of the investigation; but he refuses and she tasks O'Brian to detain him and transfer him outside CTU. Bauer manages to escape during transfer.
187 19 "Day 8: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m." Michael Klick Manny Coto & Brannon Braga April 26, 2010 (2010-04-26) 8AFF19 9.19[24]
Bauer's escape convinces Taylor to decide to disclose the story instead of covering it. Bauer calls his friend, Jim Ricker, and orders a series of weapons and tools for his plan. Logan comes up with a scheme to deliver Walsh to private contractors, who can torture her to find and secure the evidence. Taylor agrees and Kanin decides to resign. Bauer apparently convinces O'Brian to help him find the evidence. She delivers Walsh to Logan's operatives after finding their destination. She gives another location to Bauer; and tasks Ortiz and his men to capture Bauer there. Having anticipated this, Bauer overpowers the agents and locks all of them except Ortiz, whom he persuades to help him with his investigation. Before leaving, Kanin advises Logan not to cross the lines, which the latter ignores. Taylor holds a press conference announcing her intention to facilitate the treaty's signing no matter the cost.
188 20 "Day 8: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m." Michael Klick Teleplay by: Evan Katz & Alex Gansa
Story by: Alex Gansa
May 3, 2010 (2010-05-03) 8AFF20 9.00[25]
Ortiz tells O'Brian that he has captured Bauer and asks her about Walsh's location, which she tells; and the duo heads there. They start a shootout and kill all the operatives, saving Walsh, who reveals that her evidence is in a safety deposit box in a bank. The trio heads there. Bauer stays outside while Ortiz and Walsh go inside, where she knocks him unconscious, recovers a memory card from the box and calls the police about Bauer, who manages to escape and capture her in a construction site, where he takes the card and kills her in cold blood. Meanwhile, Dalia gives her statement in the conference after Taylor. Logan and Novakovich decide to team up to contain the crisis. Logan's assistant, Jason Pillar, arrives at CTU and assumes command, challenging O'Brian's decisions to protect Bauer. Pillar is tasked to give Bauer's whereabouts to Tokarev once Bauer is located.
189 21 "Day 8: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m." Milan Cheylov Chip Johannessen & Patrick Harbinson May 10, 2010 (2010-05-10) 8AFF21 8.51[26]
Bauer finds a video in the card showing Tokarev's involvement and sends his picture to Ricker, who identifies him and promises Bauer to help him capture Tokarev. Bauer calls Reed and offers the evidence, arranging a meeting at a store. The call is intercepted by CTU and Pillar informs Tokarev while sending agents for help. Bauer manages to escape with Reed while Ricker captures Tokarev. Bauer gives the card to Reed, whom Ricker accompanies outside, leaving Bauer alone with Tokarev. Bauer starts torturing him, demanding his boss man's identity. Tokarev does not talk until Bauer finds the former's SIM card missing, deducing that the former swallowed it. Bauer kills him and extracts the card from his stomach, puts it in the cell phone and finds Logan's number in it. Meanwhile, Ortiz is arrested and taken to CTU, where Pillar starts interrogating him, who denies knowing anything useful.
190 22 "Day 8: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m." Milan Cheylov David Fury May 17, 2010 (2010-05-17) 8AFF22 8.98[27]
CTU finds Tokarev's body butchered; and O'Brian gets worried about Bauer, who attacks Logan's motorcade and manages to get to Logan without killing any security guards using his body armor, forces Logan out of the bulletproof limousine by throwing a smoke bomb inside and abducts him to a secluded place, where Logan gives Novakovich's name. Bauer attacks Novakovich's hotel room and kills him and his bodyguards. Russian President Suvarov arrives in New York City to sign the treaty. He gets a call from Logan, revealed to be the mastermind of the day's events. Bauer hears the conversation using a microphone he secretly planted on Logan. Meanwhile, Reed calls her boss man and tells him about the video. Logan convinces Taylor to order the FBI to confiscate the video before it is disclosed. Reed calls and tells Kayla about the Russians before the former is arrested and the card is seized. In the meantime, O'Brian frees Ortiz and tasks him to find Bauer through Ricker.
191 23 "Day 8: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m." Brad Turner Shauna McGarry & Geoff Aull May 24, 2010 (2010-05-24) 8AFF23 8.39[28]
Bauer infiltrates the building across the U.N. in Pillar's car by holding him at gunpoint. The former forces the latter to stitch his wound and knocks the latter unconscious. He proceeds to the upper floor and prepares his sniper rifle. Ortiz convinces Ricker to help him find Bauer. Kayla tells Dalia about the Russians; and the latter asks Taylor, who confirms it and demands her not to withdraw from the treaty by threatening to attack Kamistan in retaliation of its alleged involvement in the day's events. Bauer starts recording a video of himself explaining his actions. Jamot convinces Dalia not to withdraw. Suvarov arrives and finds out about Dalia's knowledge. O'Brian finds Bauer and is knocked unconscious by him. Suvarov holds a press conference while Logan gets a call from Bauer, who is watching him by his rifle in the opposite building. Bauer demands Logan to call Suvarov and bring him to his room.
192 24 "Day 8: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m." Brad Turner Howard Gordon May 24, 2010 (2010-05-24) 8AFF24 9.31[28]
Suvarov arrives at Logan's room. O'Brian manages to dissuade Jack from killing him, promising to disclose Jack's evidence in order to ensure Suvarov's prosecution. Jack gives his memory card containing the evidence and his recorded video, the latter intended for Kim, to O'Brian, convincing her to shoot him in order to avoid her own arrest. Jack is arrested and O'Brian leaves with the card, which is later seized on Pillar's order. Logan gives it to Taylor and convinces her to have Jack killed. Taylor watches Jack's video. During transport, he is abducted by Logan's operatives. Taylor, Dalia and Suvarov arrive to sign the treaty. Taylor decides not to sign it and announces the crimes that happened during the day and promises due process. Logan kills Pillar and shoots himself. Taylor calls Logan's operatives and demands them to let Jack go, which they do. She apologizes to him and warns him that both American and Russian governments will chase him for his actions. Jack says goodbye to O'Brian and starts running.

Production[edit]

Starting with episode 18, Chip Johannessen was promoted to executive producer by the production company Imagine Television.[29] An interview with Kiefer Sutherland seemed to indicate that season eight would take place within very close proximity to the closing events of season seven, but ultimately the story picked up more than a year after the events of the previous season. The show got permission to shoot in the UN building in New York City but Kiefer Sutherland said that they would "probably use that primarily for exteriors".[30]

Trailer[edit]

In October 2009, the debut trailer for Season 8 aired on Fox. It was titled "Survive" and hinted that the eighth season would be the last with the line "All Jack Bauer has to do is survive one more day." The trailer shows Jack relaxing with his family and being warned about the impending threat to President Hassan's life. On November 26, 2009[31] a second trailer was released which featured the song "Run This Town" by Jay-Z.

Reception[edit]

On the review aggregator website Metacritic, the eighth season scored 67 out of 100, based on 19 reviews, indicating "Generally favorable reviews".[32]

Gregory Itzin, who played former President Charles Logan this season, was nominated for Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series, four years after getting the nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. The series also received the nomination for the Television Critics Association Heritage Award. In a review by IGN, the writing in Season 8 was compared negatively to the writing in other seasons with "It's always difficult to see a once vibrant and exciting show clearly drop in quality...the 24 writers simply didn't play fair – because there was no way the Dana from the beginning of the season could have been the Dana we saw later...This plot twist took an already frustrating character and made her even more of a mess. "[33]

Award nominations[edit]

Organization Category Nominee(s) Result
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Music Composition for a Series, Dramatic Underscore Sean Callery Won
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series William Dotson, Cathie Speakman, Pembrooke Andrews, Jeffrey Whitcher, Shawn Kennelly, Melissa Kennelly, Daryl Fontenault, Jeff Charbonneau, Laura Macias, Vince Nicastro Won
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Gregory Itzin Nominated
Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series Jeff Cadiente Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series, One Hour William Gocke, Mike Olman, Ken Kobett, Larold Rebhun Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards Heritage Award Nominated

Home media releases[edit]

The eighth season was released on DVD and Blu-ray in region 1 on December 14, 2010 (2010-12-14)[34] and in region 2 on November 8, 2010 (2010-11-08)[35]

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